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Does astigmatism disqualify you from military service?

Does astigmatism disqualify you from military service?

However, for entrance into USMA or Army ROTC programs, the following conditions are disqualifying: (1) Astigmatism, all types over three diopters. (2) Hyperopia over eight diopters spherical equivalent. (3) Myopia over eight diopters spherical equivalent.

What are causes of astigmatism?

Astigmatism may be present from birth, or it may develop after an eye injury, disease or surgery. Astigmatism isn’t caused or made worse by reading in poor light, sitting too close to the television or squinting.

Can you join the military with Lasik eye surgery?

In general, PRK is acceptable, but LASIK is considered disqualifying for active duty in any Special Forces (air, sea or land) capacity, and for naval aviators. LASIK is not disqualifying for general duty positions. Air National Guard regulations regarding laser vision correction vary from state to state.

Can you join the military if you are legally blind in one eye?

No you cannot join the Army with a blind eye, the DODMERB exam will disqualify you on account of your disability. You might be able to apply for a waiver and get a non-combat role in the Army but you will still have to meet the physical requirements of being a soldier. No, you can’t even stay in if you lose an eye.

How do you get a waiver for astigmatism?

Your eye sight will be tested before you sign up. I got a waiver for my astigmatism and it was .25 refraction, well out of range. You’ll go to MEPS, get tested, fail, have to go to a specialist then sit and wait for a waiver. Mine took roughly 2 weeks and I was shipped back to MEPS to pick a rate.

Why do soldiers wear glasses with astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a type of refractive error of the eye. Refractive errors cause blurred vision and are the most common reason why a person goes to see an eye professional and get glasses. I saw a lot of soldiers with eye glass’s made to fit their M17 protective mask…

Why was my medical waiver not approved by the Army?

There are some conditions the Army is willing to accommodate and support because of others. In every case where a medical waiver is not approved, it generally is because the condition could serve as a safety or liability hazard for you or the fellow soldiers in your platoon.

What are medical conditions that require a medical waiver?

Here is a handful of the medical conditions that require an Army medical waiver. The list is comparable to the other branches of the military. The United States Army will analyze infections and other conditions of the head, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and neck.